Lord Bishop of Leeds v Dixon Coles and Gill (A Firm) and Others: ChD 28 Oct 2020

The claimants had been clients of the defendant solicitors former firmer. A partner of the defendants had stolen large sums of money in the names of the claimants from the firm’s client account. The defendants themselves were not said to have been in any way party to the thefts. Some thefts predated the claim by more than six years and the defendants sought to rely on limitation law as a defence.
Held: The partners, though innocent could not rely on limitation as requested.
His Honour Judge Saffman
[2020] EWHC 2809 (Ch)
Partnership Act 1890
England and Wales
CitedMoore v Knight ChD 18-Dec-1890
The court considered the liability of partners in a solicitors’ firm for embezzlement of client money by an employee of the firm. Once the true position became known, after many years, the client sued the surviving partners, who relied on . .

Cited by:
Appeal fromDixon Coles and Gill (A Former Firm) v Baines, Bishop of Leeds and Another CA 20-Jul-2021
Innocent co-trustee not liable for Default
Proceedings were brought by former clients against their former solicitors. One of the partners stole money held in the firm’s client account on behalf of the claimants. The other two partners were entirely innocent of, and in no way implicated in, . .

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Updated: 22 July 2021; Ref: scu.655613